by Shawn Nowlin
Society has a way of stigmatizing individuals who have been incarcerated. Regardless of the situation or reason, ex-offenders statistically have a much harder time re-entering society and finding a job. Contrary to popular belief, after serving their “debt to society” a vast majority of ex-offenders end up becoming productive citizens.
According to The Washington Post, “95% of prisoners in America are released back into society. Unfortunately half return to the system. Studies also suggest “Black males are nearly 12 times more likely to be sent to prison for drug offenses than White males.
The transition from incarceration back into society is far more than just a topic–but a life changing experience deserving of much concern. St. Paul United Methodist Church, located on Gilmer Ave., hosted a panel forum discussion Sunday, Oct. 12 “Probation, Parole, & Sentencing Reform: Transitioning to Active Citizenship.”
At the October 21 meeting of the TAP Board of Directors, TAP President Ted Edlich announced his retirement from the leadership post that he has held for the last 39 years. Ted expressed his great appreciation for the honor of serving the TAP organization for nearly four decades. He thanked the board for its strong leadership over the agency and for their confidence.
Pastor G. Thomas Turner, Sr., age 77, of Reynoldsburg, OH, passed on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 at Mount Carmel East Hospital. He was born in Columbus, OH on December 25, 1936. He received his formal education from the Columbus Public School System and was a graduate of the East High School’s January class of 1955.
by Scott Leamon, Roanoke Police Dept. Crime Prevention & Community Outreach Specialist
Roanoke Police Officer Francisco Duarte is used to explaining complex issues to people. Whether it’s addressing the options a driver has on paying a speeding ticket, or the detailing the idiosyncrasies involved with a noise ordinance to a neighbor complaining of loud music.